To Our Families and Community. Information on Funerals and COVID-19
To Our Families and Community. Information on Funerals and COVID-19.
The Raymond Funeral Service, P.A. family and staff realize that many of you are receiving questions from family members and have questions of your own related to the Coronavirus. Raymond Funeral Service pledges to do everything, within the mandated governmental guidelines, to ensure you have the peace of mind and are able to grieve and celebrate the life and memories of your loved one like everyone else before the emergency procedures took effect.
Please be assured that your safety and the safety of our staff are the number one priority at Raymond Funeral Service. The government has declared we cannot exceed the number of persons that can lawfully gather in the building. The permitted number is always subject to change. In an effort to protect you and our staff from unnecessary exposure, we respectfully request:
- If you have symptoms or have been around someone with symptoms, please stay home
- Please continue to wear the mask while inside the funeral home
- Please observe the social distance requirement by staying 6 feet away from others when possible
- Please cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash
- Avoid hugging, kissing, or touching others
- Please wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Please use hand sanitizer when available
The Raymond family and staff are dedicated to continue helping families find healing and hope, even in the worst of times.
May God bless you and keep you,
Family and staff of Raymond Funeral Service, P.A.
*Services at a facility other than the funeral home, the host facility rules, regulations, and guidelines must be followed!.*
COVID-19 death (confirmed, probable, suspected and/or related)
If the cause of death is from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will assist the family in arranging for a direct cremation or burial. Should the family request a burial related funeral, the casket will be closed for any visitation, service and committal rite. A memorial service can be arranged after cremation has occurred.
FEMA Funeral Assistance
The FEMA Funeral Reimbursement Program is scheduled to be launched in the near future. If you have experienced a loss of a loved one due to COVID-19 you may be eligible for reimbursement. Please follow this link for more information: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance.
FEMA has received reports of scammers reaching out to people offering to register them for funeral assistance. FEMA has not sent any such notifications and does not contact people prior to them registering for assistance.
COVID-19 Grief Support
For more information, the Funeral Service Foundation and NFDA have teamed up to offer a free 12-page booklet entitled “Grieving Alone & Together: Responding to the Loss of Your Loved One During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Written by certified Thanatologist Sara Murphy, Ph.D., CT, with a forward by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., the booklet offers guidance to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one during the pandemic or who would like to learn how they can support those who have.
This booklet is being made available directly to consumers via www.RememberingALife.com/GriefGuide - consumers can access a digital version on the website.